William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award (BOFA):

 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Awards (formerly the Distinguished Faculty Awards) are made each year to members of the regular faculty, i.e. tenure system faculty and librarians in the continuing appointment system, for outstanding total service to the University.  The nominations are based on teaching; advising; research; publications; art exhibitions; concert performances; committee work; public service including extension, outreach and work with government agencies and industry; or a combination of these activities. Administrative excellence and length of service may not be used as the sole criteria for nomination. However, nominees usually have at least five years of service at Michigan State University.

Up to ten faculty members will receive the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award (BOFA)


Awards will be granted according to the following criteria (not in order of importance):

  • Evidence of exceptional RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES in traditional, nontraditional, or emerging areas.

  • Evidence of exceptional INSTRUCTIONAL PERFORMANCE in a variety of settings.

  • Evidence of exceptional SERVICE in local, national, or international settings that builds upon the faculty member’s professional and scholarly expertise, involving external activities such as consultation and technical assistance, policy analysis, program evaluation, grant reviews, and public information.

  • While not as important as the three criteria above, evidence of other contributions to Michigan State University, such as in academic administration and governance, should be included and will be considered by the All-University Awards Committee.

  • The All-University Awards Committee will pay particular attention to evidence of distinction in the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge as reflected in the nominee’s reputation and standing within the appropriate external peer group of the relevant field(s) of endeavor, as well as to national and international prominence.

Up to three individuals may be nominated.

Click to learn more about the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award (BOFA).  2016-17 Beal Award Nomination form.pdf

To make a nomination, fill out the form below.